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The politics of racism

January 2021

So why is it racist to call the virus that we know officially as COVID-19, the China Virus, when it’s not racist to call the variants that have recently been identified as coming from the UK and South Africa, as the UK variant and the South Africa variant?

The name that I prefer is the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus, a term preferred by The Epoch Times, a publication founded and run by Chinese-Canadians. This name CCP Virus is specifically meant to differentiate between the Chinese people, who are victims of this virus, and the Chinese Communist Party, who oppress and violate the basic human rights of their own citizens.

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Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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